Yanomamö

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Cobari Kobali, Cobariwa, Guaharibo, Guaica, Guajaribo, Shamatari, Yanomame, Yanomami
Population

15,700 in Venezuela (2000). Population total all countries: 19,700.

Location

Orinoco-Mavaca area. Eastern dialect: Parima mountains, east of Batau river; Western dialect: Padamo river basin, Ocamo, Manaviche, and upper Orinoco rivers, and south of Orinoco river Marania and Cauaburi rivers’ headwaters, large villages in Siapa river area south. Also in Brazil.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Eastern Yanomami (Parima), Western Yanomami (Padamo-Orinoco). Related to Yanomámi [wca] (Waiká) of Brazil. Cobari dialect is easily intelligible of the others.

Language Development
NT: 1984–2011.
Writing
Latin script.

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